Caixin
Nov 17, 2021 03:19 PM
CHINA

Beijing to Limit Domestic Flights From Regions With Covid Cases

What’s new: Beijing will restrict inbound flights from capital cities of provincial-level regions that are deemed at medium or high risk, according to the country’s top aviation authorities, as the Chinese capital boosts Covid-19 prevention and control measures amid flare-ups across the country.

The authorities would limit flights from such cities to Beijing to one per day with up to 75% occupancy, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s North China Administration Bureau.

Direct flights to Beijing from cities that have reported local outbreaks have been all canceled for now, a senior official with the bureau told a press conference Tuesday.

The background: As of Tuesday 3 p.m., the country has listed eight high-risk areas and 102 medium-risk areas, located in 11 provincial-level regions and municipalities: Beijing, Chongqing, and Hebei, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Henan, Yunnan provinces, as well as the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, according to official data.

Excluding Beijing, the flight restrictions will apply to all of these regions.

Starting Wednesday, most travelers heading to Beijing will need to present a negative nucleic acid test result from the prior 48 hours as well as a green health code, according to a policy announced Saturday by local authorities.

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Contact reporter Cai Xuejiao (xuejiaocai@caixin.com) and editor Lu Zhenhua (zhenhualu@caixin.com)

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